Saina Nehwal,H S Prannoy and Lakshya Sen all got off to a winning start at India Open Super 500 badminton tournament in New Delhi.Saina benefitted from retirement of Tereza in her opening match.Saina won the first game 22-20.In the second game her opponent withdrew due to injury.Women’s doubles pair of Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy also progressed.
Prajnesh Gunneswaran lost in the second round of Australian Open qualifiers on Wednesday.Indian lost 2-6,6-7 to Marterer of Germany.
India took 14 run lead in the first innings of the third test against South Africa at Capetown on Wednesday.Proteas were bowled out for 209 in reply to India’s 223.
Sports Ministry has approved additional financial assistance of Rs.1.76 lakh to Olympic medallist Indian wrestler Bajrang Punia for his foreign exposure training.
BFI suspends Jay Kowli for dereliction of duty.Kowli was former general secretary of Boxing Federation of India.
Experienced goalkeeper Savita has been named as captain of Indian women’s hockey team for Asia Cup in Muscat.
By Shailesh Padhye